ORLANDO, Florida | The Eaglecrest cheer team extended its success from a state level to a national one during the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship meet, which concluded Sunday at Disney World.
Coach Alisha Chiarelli’s Raptors won the Colorado Class 5A state cheer championship in December at the Denver Coliseum and two months later added a national title when they finished atop a field of 17 finalists in the Medium Varsity Division I group.
The UCA awarded multiple national championships in 14 divisions with a number of Colorado teams in contention in various categories. Eaglecrest qualified for the finals in the Medium Division I group along with Chaparral and Fossil Ridge and finished first, with the Wolverines in second.
“Our goal coming down here as just to hit and represent our school and our progam and that’s what we did, this just happened to be a part of it,” Chiarelli told Varsity TV. “this means everything. There’s so many people who played a role in this journey. It’s unbelivable.”
Cherokee Trail qualified for the semifinals of the competition, but did not make the finals.
Grandview finished sixth in the Large Division I competition, Smoky Hill placed fourth in Small Varsity Game Day Division I and Cherokee Trail was seventh in the Large Varsity Game Day Division I competition.
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